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the weather was bad, so we let it go. Later I went out on the ice and found
that it was by the tracks a rather large animal. It had retreated over the
tracks that it made before it became frightened. Crawford set the crab net
last night and hauled it up this morning. He found nothing but about a
quart of shrimps on the bait. The shrimps are very small and when boiled
nearly tasteless."

October 23rd, "A bear had been to the other camp and had
sniffed about. Another bear had been to within two hundred yards of camp
during yesterday’s blow. And on October 25th, "Everything comes to him who
waits, or goes after it. At 7 A.M. the dogs set up a howl. Crawford rushed
out and about a hundred feet west of the tents stood a female and two cubs.
Crawford in seven shots killed them. The cubs proved to be yearlings."

Evidently there were more plans and preparations for the
trip to the mainland than Knight sets down. On November 1st he says, "For
a long time I have said nothing about our seamstress. She is very quiet and
rather downhearted over the fact that the ship idd not show up, but she keeps
busy and is at present making a pair of fancy moosehide mittens , probably
for Crawford. There is considerable clothing to be made for Crawford and me
if we go to Siberia. . . . . Crawford and I have just about made up our minds
to make the trip,and the time of starting depends on several things - ice
conditions, dog feed, weather etc., but we are hoping to get started about
January 15th, 1923. We think that if the weather is good and going on the ice
not too bad, Nome should be reached in sixty or seventh days, for we have about
made up our minds to go to Nome instead of Anadyr Bay. We have thought that
Stefansson might be wintering on the mainland south of us, and I think that if
he is we will see him by January 1st. If he should not come at all till
later, we will have to take a chance and go, for very likely if he is wintering
on the mainland we will hear of him and his ship and will go there. If one can
go by hunches, my hunch tells me that Stefansson did not come north this summer

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